Zombie – The Cranberries

In 1994, the Irish Rock Band “The Cranberries” launched one of the greatest protest songs from the 90’s – “Zombie”. The huge success of the song made it reach the...

In 1994, the Irish Rock Band “The Cranberries” launched one of the greatest protest songs from the 90’s – “Zombie”. The huge success of the song made it reach the 1st place on the Australian, Belgian, German and Danish charts. Additionally, it was considered the “Best Song” in the MTV Europe Music Awards in 1995.

Zombie is one of those song that is almost impossible to not have goose bumps every time that we listen to it. Part of the album No Need to Argue, the band’s second album, Zombie talks about the devastating effects of war.

Lead singer Dolores O’Riordan, who wrote the song, was inspired by the Irish fight for independence that led to the Warrington bombing in 1993 that killed two children. Zombie was meant to be a call for peace between Ireland and England. It also exposes a strong stand against the consequences of war, its sorrows and unnecessary pains and deaths, such as those of the two young boys.

Ultimately, Zombie reminds us that when a war starts there is no way back for what was lost. Memories of war will remain forever in the heads of those who suffered from it.

 

Another head hangs lowly
Child is slowly taken
And the violence caused such silence
Who are we mistaken

But you see it’s not me
It’s not my family
In your head, in your
Head they are fighting
With their tanks and their bombs
And their bombs and their guns
In your head,
In your head they are cryin’

In your head, in your head
Zombie, zombie, zombie
Hey, hey
What’s in your head, in your head
Zombie, zombie, zombie
Hey, hey, hey, oh
Dou, dou, dou, dou
Dou, dou, dou, dou
Dou, dou, dou, dou
Dou, dou, dou, dou

Another mother’s breakin’
Heart is taking over
When the violence causes silence
We must be mistaken

It’s the same old theme since nineteen-sixteen
In your head,
In your head they’re still fightin’
With their tanks and their bombs
And their bombs and their guns
In your head, in your head they are dyin’

In your head, in your head
Zombie, zombie, zombie
Hey, hey
What’s in your head, in your head
Zombie, zombie, zombie
Hey, hey, hey
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Hey, oh, ya, ya-a

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Silvie Vale

Passionate about LGBT issues and human rights, Silvie Vale has recently graduated in Development and International Relations from Aalborg University, Denmark. She is specialized in Global Gender Studies and is particularly interested in creating awareness about matters of social justice. She loves travelling, researching and learning new things.

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